SATURDAY JJF STAGES

April 17, 2021

Bluesberry Back Alley Stage

235 Yazoo Ave.

10:30 am

Captain Dirk

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12:00 pm

I’m Mick Kolassa, also known as Michissippi Mick. I am a lifelong musician and hardcore blues fan who also happens to be on the Board of Directors of the Blues Foundation. My love of the blues began 50 years ago and with this and my previous album I am able to share that love with you. You can see that I love all styles of blues, and I also love to find the blues song hidden in tunes that most people wouldn’t think of as blues. I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I’ve enjoyed putting it together.

http://www.mimsmick.com

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1:30 pm

One of Mississippi's hidden treasures: a contemporary hill country bluesman, lifelong resident of Pontotoc, who has created his own distinctive version of the harp-blowing, guitar-grooving one-man band. Although he's long past the dues-paying stage, Bean has played with some of the most important bluesmen to come out of Mississippi in the past two decades.

http://www.hillcountryharmonica.com/terry_bean.html

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3:00 pm

Colorado-born, American highway-raised, bluesman.

https://www.cottonstonemusic.com

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4:30 pm

Stone Gas is back! Shine Turner, Harvell Thomas, Dion Thomas and Stan Street... The Stone Gas Band was the house band at Margaret's Blue Diamond in Clarksdale's New World district for many years. Fronted by the late harmonica player and songwriter Artheice "Gas Man" Jones, this local blues band earned a strong following and praise from audiences and critics for delivering tight, solid performances. The legend continues with the skillful guitar licks of Andrew "Shine" Turner, whose father was Ike Turner's first cousin, and who gigged and recorded with drummer Sam Carr and his Delta Jukes.

https://www.deltabluesmuseum.org/spotlight-arthneice-jones.asp

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Cat Head Blues Store Stage

252 Delta Avenue

10:00 am

Earl “Little Joe” Ayers is a blues guitarist and singer based in Holly Springs, Mississippi. For over thirty years, he was a member of the Soul Blues Boys, Junior Kimbrough’s long-time backing band.

http://www.arts.state.ms.us/folklife/artist.php?dirname=ayers_joe

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11:30 am

Rare chance to catch the blues bird in a SOLO "live" performance! James “Super Chikan” Johnson was born in the small Delta community of Darling in 1951 and grew up in rural towns around the area. As a young boy living in the country, he developed an interest in his family’s chickens and spent time trying to understand the meaning of the noises they made. His friends and family soon began calling him “the old chicken boy” or “Chicken” for short. He received the other half of his moniker during a stint working as a taxi driver in Clarksdale. His speedy driving earned him the new nickname “Super Chikan.”

http://www.arts.state.ms.us/folklife/artist.php?dirname=johnson_james

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1:00 pm

“Little Willie” Farmer is a self-taught guitarist, who developed a style that is closest to the Memphis Blues, a mixture of Soul and Blues. He writes and performs original music and has produced several CDs. He performs in clubs, festivals, and for private parties and also does Blues education workshops, having worked with Johnnie Billington, and Jerry Fair in the Montgomery County School District, the Montgomery County Arts Council and Action Communication and Education Reform’s Cultural Arts and Multimedia Project.

http://www.arts.ms.gov/artist-roster/artist.php?n=farmer_little_willie&r=artist-roster

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2:30 pm

Peggy "Lady Trucker" Hemphill & King Artemis join Sean "Bad" Apple!

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4:00 pm

Jimmy "Duck" Holmes is the proprietor of one of the oldest juke joints in Mississippi, the Blue Front in Bentonia. In the mid-2000s he began performing blues actively after many years of performing casually, and has already garnered several awards and many accolades. He is a practitioner and conscious advocate of a distinctive blues style from his hometown whose most famous proponent was blues pioneer Skip James.

http://www.arts.state.ms.us/folklife/artist.php?dirname=holmes_jimmy

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Collective Seed & Supply Stage

145 Delta Avenue

10:00 am

Robin Lane is the heart of an act that continually conjures up the memory of Mr. Tater.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtGiID3rT_A

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11:30 am

Raised in Bessemer, Alabama, Earl recognized he had an interest in music at the young age of seven. He often watched television and admired Roy Rogers, Ricky Nelson, and Elvis Presley as they played guitars. It was exciting to Earl to hear such melodious sounds come from guitars. He decided that he wanted to play a guitar and asked his parents to purchase one for him. Coming from a family of nine children, they could not afford to buy a guitar for him. However, Earl learned that Bo Didley made his own guitar out of a cigar box. Because he was so determined to have a guitar to play, Earl then focused on making his own. With much thought and anticipation, he successfully crafted a guitar. He used a King Edward cigar box, a broomstick, and fishing cord for the strings. It was the beginning of his musical career, and the rest is history.

https://www.facebook.com/EarlGuitarWilliams/

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2:30 pm

Bill Abel from Belzoni Mississippi plays the raw gutbucket blues he learned from Paul Jones, T Model Ford, Cadillac John and many other blues legends.

https://www.facebook.com/Bill-Abel-192999535686/

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4:00 pm

Johnny Lowebow is the stage name for John Lowe, musician and bookstore owner from Memphis TN who has become known for his unusual electric cigar box guitars called :Lowebows”. His live shows have been described as “brutal blues blasts” by fellow cigar box guitarist, Shane Speal. Johnny Lowebow’s set-up is a mixture of old drum parts, milk crates, guitar amps and his ever present Lowebow. The Lowebow cigar box guitar is a bizarre instrument made from two oak dowel rods, a wooden cigar box, three guitar strings and a bass string. It is played with a slide in the old blues tradition, but that’s about the only thing traditional about it. Lowe wires each instrument with hand-made pickups so that the Lowebow is broadcast through two amplifiers. The result is a massive wall of sound, one side low and grumbly, the other side screaming like a jet. There isn’t a style of music Lowe won’t try. His set lists contain everything from Johnny Cash to punk pioneer, Iggy Pop. Lowe regularly sets up on Beale Street, playing for passers-by.

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=13&ved=2ahUKEwjX7eaJ1qjhAhURbawKHRQtBOAQFjAMegQIAxAB&url=https%3A%

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Crossroads Marker Stage

Crossroads of Hwy 49 & 61

10:30 am

Sadie Lamp is a mesmerizing duo act performing in the alternative jazz styles of fusing blues with pop genres , while keeping the standards interestingly alive. Their full slate touring ended them in Clarksdale, Mississippi performing to full house scheduled shows. In 2018 they took center stage at world famous Juke Joint Festival with their debut CD release party , then a show for Sunflower River Blues & Gospel Festival sponsored by the Clarksdale Blues Museum performing with the likes of the slide guitar master “Watermelon Slim," and then an astonishing show same year for the Deep Blues Festival. Currently Sadie Lamp is performing weekly scheduled shows as seen on CATHEAD’S MUSIC CALENDAR at cathead.biz , performing shows at Clarksdale's REDS LOUNGE on Thursdays at 5 pm with their new Happy Hour Blues Show and on Sundays weekly at The Third Street Bistro at 12:30pm. Sadie Lamp performs this show weekly as a black tie event with smooth and easy listening jazz while dining the bistros famous entree.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQnfQTQPg-ykXgaeURucvGw

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12:00 pm

Carson is the youngest endorsee with Hohner Harmonicas. Featured on the Hohner Red Dragon Harmonica box. skateboarding with a harmonica in his hand.

https://carsondiersing.com/

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1:30 pm

In the woods of West Virginia, in an isolated hollow, a young boy thought he was a peacock. When he realized, much to his dismay, that he was not a peacock, he picked up a guitar. From then on the sounds of him loudly playing along to the Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix could be heard echoing through the hollow. Somehow placed between roaming peacocks, a family of Russian intellectuals, and parents dedicated to living off the land, Gyasi was brought up in an environment that could only be described as unique. It was an isolated world, where life felt like a time capsule of a different era. With a precociously early interest in music, dance, and performance, Gyasi found himself altogether removed from his peers growing up in typical rural West Virginia culture. From his parents he inherited a love of blues, jazz and world music, and silent movies. Through the mentorship of the Russian immigrants next door, he learned about the heroes of the British Invasion, glam rock, and psychedelia.

https://gyasimusic.com/home

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3:00 pm

was encouraged to learn and play an instrument by some of my great blues heros; Pinetop Perkins, Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, Bob Stroger, and Hubert Sumlin; so I learned to play the harmonica. They introduced me to Little Arthur Duncan who was one of the great Chicago harmonica men who helped define the west side Chicago sound back in the 1950s and 60s. Little Arthur taught me to sing play and write music like no one but Steve Kolbus can. Although I play the blues I'm a huge fan of the blues and the people who play it first. with this in mind I hope to play and record every blues related genre and sub genre of music before it's all said and done. The Clarksdale Blues Revue is a high energy Rockin Blues band that enjoys making people happy. Our live show is a high energy interactive show with lots of antics!! We believe that our "Skippin and Hoppin" CD is a great reflection of this philosophy. I have been truly blessed as I have been surrounded by some of the worlds most accomplished musicians the whole time I've been playing. The Clarksdale Blues Revue with world class musicians like Walt Busby, Jaxx Nassar, and Cade Moore is no exception.

https://www.reverbnation.com/stevekolbusandtheclarksdalebluesrevue

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Delta Blues Museum Outdoor Stage

1 Blues Alley

10:00 am

Heather Crosse leads a high-energy Clarksdale band through blues and soul classics and originals!

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=12&ved=2ahUKEwiIxoqxkKrhAhUGOK0KHcMIAsMQtwIwC3oECAIQAQ&url=https%3

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11:15 am

Phillip Carter

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1:15 pm

Reba Russell is a name synonymous with the Memphis Music scene. ​ Beginning early in the 1980’s (with band’s Visions, Portrait, and Reba and the Portables) and now currently fronting the Reba Russell Band, Reba has covered most bases in the music industry. She is a published songwriter, vocalist, guitarist, backing vocalist, bandleader and producer, as well as a touring and recording artist. Reba Russell and her band tour throughout the United States and Europe and have released 8 Independent Albums. She is a highly respected Memphis studio/session vocalist but she is perhaps more popularly known as a powerful live performer.

https://www.rebarussell.com

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2:30 pm

YZ Ealey—“YZ” is his given name—was born in Sibley, about 14 miles south of Natchez on March 8, 1937, and grew up on a self-sufficient farm where his family raised crops and livestock. He is the middle of eleven children, with three sisters and two brothers both older and younger than him. He first began playing guitar as a child by picking up the guitar of his older brother “Bubba” (David, b. 1927), but his mother, Lucinda Barnes Ealey, would only allow religious music in the house. His father, David Ealey, Jr., could play guitar but did not have his own instrument.

http://www.arts.state.ms.us/folklife/artist.php?dirname=ealey_yz

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4:15 pm

Mark 'Mule Man' Massey

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5:15 pm

From Delta State University's stellar Delta Music Institute!

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Hambone Art & Music Stage

111 E. Second Street

10:30 am

The traditional blues trio Harp, Hart & Bones consists of ‘Fast Eddie’ Consolmagno on harmonica and slide guitar, Bill ‘Dock’ Hart on resonator guitar, and Randy ‘da Bones Man’ Seppala on drums and folk percussion. Harp, Hart & Bones (H2B) draw their material largely from the blues tradition that dates to the 1920s and extends barely into the early 1950s. It was a time when bands of two or three people were common, playing on record, at dance parties, traveling shows and clubs. Unlike the urban blues and rock music that followed, it was a study in the essentials...acoustic-based music set against steady and syncopated rhythms with music responsibilities shared evenly to create one sound.

https://www.facebook.com/Harp-Hart-Bones-280768232082605/

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12:00 pm

Bill Howl-N-Madd Perry and Shy Perry have travelled extensively as a duet and full band for years. They were recently one of the main musical acts on European Blues Cruise 2016 that sailed on the Mediterranean Sea from Marseille, France to Naples, Rome, and Bastia, Italy. Shy and Bill performed in Marseille and had 5 shows on the ship Croisieres De France.

http://billhowlnmaddperry.com

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1:30 pm

LaLa Craig

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3:00 pm

Reverend Robert is a master of prewar blues. He has delved deep into the styles of Charley Patton, Robert Johnson and other delta blues giants. In the past two decades he has become accomplished at many other early twentieth century styles including ragtime and early jazz, Hawaiian, African and Caribbean. He combines these styles seamlessly in a combination of infectious rhythm and an authentic acoustic sound. In 2004 he took first place at the National Slide Guitar Festival in North Carolina The Reverend is known for his true conviction, and powerful delivery. You can hear it on his latest CD "Shake That Thing."

http://revrobert.com

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4:30 pm

Hopeless Case Blues Band

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Hooker Grocer Courtyard Stage

316 John Lee Hooker Lane (near Delta Blues Museum)

1:00 pm

Memphis' long-performing Native American bluesman.

http://butchmudbone.com/index.html

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2:30 pm

Jaxx Nassar

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4:00 pm

Lucious Spiller was born in St.Louis, MO. At an early age, he discovered that God had blessed him with a special gift. His dad gave him a guitar when he was four. Immediately he was a natural, he started out playing in church. Lucious has performed with countless well known musicians to include Bo Diddly, Larry “Totsy” Davis, Albert King, Eddie Clearwater, Robert Cray. He has been opening act for such artists as the legendary Ritchie Havens’ Bobby “Blue” Bland and the infamous Tower of Power, Zach Brown, and many others. His music is an energized mix of new blues and old school injected with a contemporary edge. His songs are brought to vivid life by his unlimited energy.

https://www.facebook.com/BlueSpiller/

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5:30 pm

Ray Cashman is a blues singer, songwriter and guitarist, who performs mainly solo or as a duo and occasionaly with a electric band. Armed with a National guitar, stomp box and a Fender amp he performs a blues gumbo repertoire that can conjure up the ghosts of the Mississippi delta.

http://www.raycashman.net/index/

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Paramount Marquee Stage

258 Yazoo Avenue

10:00 am

Piano Red

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2:30 pm

Though Blues harpist, singer, and educator, Hal Reed is currently living in Bettendorf, IA, he was born just a few miles from the Mississippi Delta and grew up surrounded by legends of blues music. His playing brims with the stamp of authenticity, having a triple-fisted influence of Mississippi, Gospel and Chicago style blues pumping through his heart.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_hJEpig1Qk

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4:00 pm

MississippiToChicago'LectrifiedBaconGreaseCornLiquorButtShakingGonnaBoogieTillThePoliceComePorkChopSamich&aSideOfHogMawswithHotSauceJukeJointBlues.

https://www.facebook.com/Hoodoo-Men-576979845680590/

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Quapaw Canoe Company Stage

291 Sunflower Avenue

10:30 am

Randy “19th Street Red” Cohen plays the blues. His specialty is Mississippi Delta Blues. Born in Queens, New York and raised in Washington D.C., Randy learned his first Jimmy Reed and Chuck Berry riffs by the time he was ten. Hungry to discover the blues, by the time he was eighteen Elmore James, Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Howling Wolf and foremost, T-Bone Walker were the sounds that filled his life.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Musician-Band/Randy-19th-Street-Red-Cohen-129608427050895/

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12:00 pm

Stacy Mitchhart

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1:30 pm

Mohead

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3:00 pm

The Mississippi based Multi-instrumentalist combines the Tribal Rhythms and raw electrifying power of the Hill Country Blues with melodic songwriting wisdom of heroes Bob Marley, Sam Cooke, Hank Williams, Bob Dylan, and Jimi Hendrix. MALCOLM fuses elements of Funk, Soul, Rock, Reggae, Hip Hop, West African World Beat, Gospel and Country to create an Authentic Signature sound in modern day World Roots Music.

https://www.lightninmalcolm.com

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4:30 pm

RL Boyce is a blues musician from Como, Mississippi. Born in 1955, he picked up music as a teenager, starting out as a drummer in the local fife-and-drum bands of Otha Turner and Napolian Strickland, and later with Jessie Mae Hemphill as heard on her classic "Feelin' Good" album. He is also a singer and guitarist, inspired by his neighbors RL Burnside and Junior Kimbrough, as well as the records of John Lee Hooker and Howlin' Wolf. Boyce developed an individual style that draws upon songs from the local repertoire and interprets them with a considerable degree of enthusiasm and spontaneity. Though his recorded output is slim, Boyce's renown has grown over the years and his performances at his frequent house/yard parties attract friends, neighbors, and visitors from around the world.

https://www.facebook.com/RLBoyceBlues/

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Stone Pony Stage

226 Delta Avenue

10:30 am

Black Lung Lucy

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1:30 pm

Dr. David Evans is one of the most important contemporary blues musicologists and academics, the author of the seminal traditional folk blues history “Big Road Blues- Tradition and Creativity in the Folk Blues.” Among his many honors, he is recipient of the Fulbright award. He holds degrees from Harvard and the University of California, Los Angeles, and is the author of “The NPR Curious Listener’s Guide to the Blues” and many other publicatons. He has produced more than 50 albums of field and studio recordings for the University of Memphis’ High Water Records.

http://www.thecountryblues.com/artist-reviews/dr-david-evans/

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3:00 pm

Deak Harp has been playing harmonica since he was 12 years old. His biggest early inspiration came when his brother introduced him to the music of James Cotton. Deak followed Cotton's band along the east coast for close to five years before Cotton offered Deak a job driving his van. For the next six years, Deak toured with the James Cotton blues band, eventually opening acts and playing along with "Superharp" himself.

http://www.deakharp.com

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4:30 pm

Dicky James is an American Blues guitarist, singer, and songwriter. He is a highly skilled performer specializing in Chicago, Memphis, and Mississippi Hill Country style Blues. “The Blues is like a jealous lover. You be true to her, she’ll be true to you.” --Dicky James

http://www.dickyjames.com

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The Bank (indoor stage) presented by John and Paulla Smith.

123 E 2nd Street

10:30 am

Libby Rae is an authentic Blues woman who has been playing Blues since the early 1970's. She helped organize the talent for the very first Delta Blues Festival in Greenville, MS in 1978.

http://www.libbyrae.com

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12:00 pm

Jordan Sledge & Night Cast band

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1:30 pm

Frank 'Guitar' Rimmer

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3:00 pm

A modern-day Ike and Tina, - Queen Iretta and Johnie B are a high energy blues Act, - whether as a duo or a full band. They have their own style of delivering music, everywhere they play, and are often asked back, or to sit in with other Blues Artists, such as The Dee Miller Band, or Barbra Leshore, in Minnesota did most of all our shows, in Chicago. Queen Iretta has sang on stage with people like westside Mary Lane, Willie Dee, and Linsey Alexzander,

http://www.johniebsanders.com

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4:30 pm

All Aboard! that Blues Train. it's your boy Otis "TCB" Taylor. it's going down sunflower river blues fest, at Delta Blues alley Clarksdale miss. TCB ant the Main Stage Band will be performing from 1030pm to 1230pm at Adel's Blues alley, across from ground zero blues club, on Saturday nite. their will be a cover charge, so hey after William bell do his thang on the stage, come on over and check out a real live soul-blues performance from the hottest band in the land. [come on and do wat u do].

https://www.facebook.com/otis.taylor.102

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Travelers Hotel Stage (across from hotel)

212 Third Street

10:00 am

Clarksdale blues 'n soul band....

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2:30 pm

Terry “Big T” Williams has dedicated his life to his music. Born in Clarksdale in 1960, he spent his early years on a plantation in Farrell, Mississippi, hearing stories about Muddy Waters attending Sunday picnics in his grandmother’s yard.

http://www.arts.state.ms.us/folklife/artist.php?dirname=williams_terry

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Wade Walton Barber Shop Stage

317 Issaquena Avenue

10:00 am

Hill Country blues!

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11:30 am

Memphissippi

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4:00 pm

American blues slide guitarist skilled in the North Mississippi Hill Country blues style.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenny_Brown_(guitarist)

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5:00 pm

Mr. Turner played a cane fife that he made from reeds that grew on the bottomland of his farm. He led the Rising Star Fife and Drum Band, which was the last survivor of a tradition that had transformed the sound of a Civil War military band into music with clear African roots: a syncopated drumbeat behind sharp, riffing melodies in pentatonic modes.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fR7WvvprjWk

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